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11 Tips For Staying Cool When Your A/C Isn't Working


Person pointing remote at a/c and pulling shirt out due to being hot

When your air conditioning (A/C) is not working, staying cool can be challenging, especially during hot weather. Here are some tips for staying cool:

  1. Use fans: Place portable fans strategically around your home to promote air circulation. Ceiling fans can also be effective in circulating air and creating a cooling breeze.

  2. Close curtains and blinds: Keep curtains, blinds, or shades closed during the day to block out sunlight and reduce heat from entering your living space.

  3. Create a cross-breeze: Open windows on opposite sides of your home to create a cross-breeze. This can help facilitate airflow and provide some relief from the heat.

  4. Use natural ventilation techniques: In the evening or early morning when outdoor temperatures are cooler, open windows to let in fresh air. Consider using window fans to draw in cooler air from outside.

  5. Optimize airflow: Keep interior doors open to allow air to circulate freely throughout your home. This will help prevent pockets of hot air from forming.

  6. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day to stay hydrated and regulate your body temperature. Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol as they can dehydrate you.

  7. Dress appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable materials like cotton or linen. Opt for light-colored clothing that reflects heat rather than absorbing it.

  8. Use cool cloths or ice packs: Apply cold compresses or use ice packs wrapped in a towel on pulse points like your neck, wrists, or forehead to help cool down your body.

  9. Create a DIY cooling system: Place a bowl of ice or a wet towel in front of a fan. The fan will blow the cool air from the ice or damp towel, creating a makeshift air cooler.

  10. Seek cool spots: Identify the coolest areas of your home, such as a basement or lower level, and spend time there during the hottest parts of the day. Consider public spaces like libraries, shopping malls, or community centers that may have air conditioning.

  11. Take cool showers or baths: Refresh yourself by taking cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.

Remember to prioritize your health and safety during periods of high heat. If the lack of air conditioning becomes unbearable or poses a risk to your well-being, consider staying with friends, family, or seeking temporary accommodation in a cool environment until the A/C is repaired.

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